Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Little Red House

I live in a little red house at the top of a small hill. Have I said? She sits, solemn and weathered, under two oak trees. Her red wooden boards and aging white trim are nailed on, the nail heads rusted in place. When it's windy you can hear her sigh. But she's a strong, resolute little house, and I feel safe inside her walls. I've been here going on two years.

Beside the house sits a little carport. It's leaning slightly and reminds me of an old country barn. At the back is the chicken coop with its heavy beams and old tin nesting boxes. My chicken feeder- a hand-me-down from the man who cuts grass for the local school- hangs from a thick, rusty chain. I like it in there- in the carport/barn and coop. One day I'll organize and show you.

I tried growing organic garlic again this year. I know it isn't time to harvest yet, but I had to pull most of it. The chickens discovered it and, hearing that garlic and chicken don't mix until dinner time, I had to get it out of the ground. Well, all except for a few spare cloves I sunk into soil last fall alongside the little red house. They're mixing well with cherry tomatoes now, and I hope they do well enough to provide me with seed garlic this fall. (It's all getting so expensive now, isn't it?)

Over the next few weeks I'll do my best to show you a few pictures of life around the little red house. Meanwhile, I have towels on the clothesline and cookies in the oven and some scrubbing to do. Talk soon, right?

Love from my little house to yours. -Brin

P.S. I'm trying to get in touch with a Shelly from WI who emailed me last week. Shelly, if you're reading this, my reply to you is bouncing back. Could you please write again? :)

13 comments:

Vee said...

Your little red house sounds charming and cozy. I know that you could create home anywhere.

Mandy said...

I can not wait to see your "Little Red House!" I love when a new post of yours shows up in my blog feed, always such a treat!

Kristie @ Comfy Cozy said...

I am so excited to see your little red house!! I actually live in a little red house too! I want chickens, so, so bad, I garden, bake, hang my clothes out on the line, daydream, read, knit, I could go on and on...guess that's why I LOVE your blog so much!!

Have I told you lately that I'm glad you're back to blogging?? Because, I am. :)

Alma said...

Your writing is like curling up with a favorite book and a cup of tea. You tease the reader wanting us to know what is inside those doors and the next chapter.
Loved your glimpse into your quaint charming place you call home.
Left me wanting more...

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

I can't wait to hear and see more!!! Any home you inhabit is blessed and very lucky!! So happy to have you back!!!

Trudy said...

Looking forward to your posts. Love reading how you set up home. Always inspires.

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Looking forward to seeing more of the little red house!

Cynthia said...

I love how your blog reflects your spirit. You do so many things that I wish I could do, but can't at this stage of my life. Your heart for God shines through all you do.

Linda Z said...

You always find the sweetest places to call home. I can picture there talking to your little chickens. :)

Jen said...

So excited to see your posts of things around your home. I agree with all the other sentiments here. You just have such a gift for making a "home". I wish you could come be my professional interior decorator! I've been painting a lot lately and I seem to get the color wrong every.single.time. It stinks. I just don't have the gift. It looks like some geeky vignette in a home improvement sale paper or something when all I desire is fresh, airy, romantic, vintage, homey - everything you always seem to be able to nail. Put tips in with your posts if you can!

rbertling said...

I am looking everywhere for this exact color to create my little red house! Do you know what was used it is perfect!

rbertling said...

This is the exact color I have been searching everywhere for to create my dream of a red house. Can you share the color used pretty please? Bertling@eastlink.ca

Brin said...

Thanks everyone! It's cozy here. :)

rbertling- gosh, I couldn't begin to tell you the color. It was painted this ages ago (long before I moved in), and I haven't found any paint cans or anything that would give me an idea of where, when, or what brand/shade the paint is. Maybe you could print out a picture... or take your phone/laptop/iPad...something... to the paint store and see how close you can get? Good luck!I hope you find the perfect red for your place. ;) Brin